Shoni Schimmel (left) and Antonita Slaughter led U of L to an upset win over top-ranked Baylor in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville women's basketball team was a 24-point underdog against Baylor Sunday night. Las Vegas posted the Cards' odds of winning at 75-to-1.
Not only were the Bears' the defending national champs, they're the nation's top-ranked team, a group led by towering center Brittney Griner, a player many consider the greatest women's player ever. Baylor had won 34 of 35 games.
Griner's college career ended Sunday night. Louisville made it happen. The Cards, a six seed, made an NCAA-record 16 three-point shots, pushed to a 19-point lead and then held on to defeat Baylor, 82-81, in Oklahoma City. Some commentators called it the biggest upset in the history of the women's tournament.
Louisville native Monique Reid made two free throws with 2.6 seconds to play to give the Cards the victory.
"The kids followed the game plan to perfection," U of L coach Jeff Walz said. "I told the team, ‘We've got nothing to lose. Make this a street ball game. Do a little bit of this, a little bit of that.' "
The number one thing U of L did was make 16 of 25 threes. Antonita Slaughter made seven, Shoni Schimmel five and Jude Schimmel two. Shoni Schimmel led U of L with 22 points. Slaughter had 21.
NBA star Kevin Durant attended the game – and then visited the Cards' locker room to pose for pictures after the upset was complete.
The Cards limited Griner to 14 points, forcing her to miss six of 10 shots.
"It's a great day to be a Louisville Cardinal," Walz said. "I'd like to say congratulations to our men's team."